More people expected at Ellensburg Rodeo

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Janis Anderson has been coming to the Ellensburg Rodeo for over 40 years. Her husband's family has been involved with the rodeo for decades, and now her grandsons do team roping. To her, this rodeo is more than entertainment.

"There's such wonderful friendship offered amongst all the people that come. They're so excited to be here. A lot of them return every year," said Janis Anderson.

And they really do. For the last three years, each rodeo has brought in around 34 to 35 thousand people. Before the recession, numbers were a bit higher. But this year's rodeo is expected to bring in about a thousand more people than before.

"We're very, very hopeful we'll have a good strong year and that everybody comes has a great time and wants to come back," said Bob Crowe, Director of the Ellensburg Rodeo.

As soon as the rodeo wraps up for the year, planning for next year begins. A committee of about 40 people meets monthly and then weekly leading up to the three-day weekend. Hundreds of volunteers help out at the actual event.

Janis feels the rodeo keeps getting better.

"There's a lot of competition going on out there and every year I see great strides. Better horses, people practicing harder, learning more skills," said Janis Anderson.

The Ellensburg Rodeo hopes that will bring even more people. And continue to uphold the 90 year tradition.

The rodeo continues through Monday.